Accessary Ac*ces"sa*ry (277), n.; pl. {Accessaries}. [Cf. {Accessory} and LL. accessarius.] (Law) One who, not being present, contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense. [1913 Webster]

{Accessary before the fact} (Law), one who commands or counsels an offense, not being present at its commission.

{Accessary after the fact}, one who, after an offense, assists or shelters the offender, not being present at the commission of the offense. [1913 Webster]

Note: This word, as used in law, is spelt accessory by Blackstone and many others; but in this sense is spelt accessary by Bouvier, Burrill, Burns, Whishaw, Dane, and the Penny Cyclopedia; while in other senses it is spelt accessory. In recent text-books on criminal law the distinction is not preserved, the spelling being either accessary or accessory. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Accessary — Ac*ces sa*ry (#; 277), a. Accompanying, as a subordinate; additional; accessory; esp., uniting in, or contributing to, a crime, but not as chief actor. See {Accessory}. [1913 Webster] To both their deaths thou shalt be accessary. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • accessary — var of accessory Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • accessary — accessary, accessory These two words come by different routes from the same Latin source of our word accede. In AmE, accessory is dominant both as a noun and as an adjective, and it has fast become so now in BrE, although accessary is still used… …   Modern English usage

  • accessary — [ak ses′ər ē, əkses′ər ē] adj., n. pl. accessaries ACCESSORY …   English World dictionary

  • accessary — noun see accessory I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • accessary — accessarily, adv. accessariness, n. /ak ses euh ree/, n., pl. accessaries, adj. Chiefly Law. accessory (defs. 3, 6). * * * …   Universalium

  • accessary — 1. noun Someone who accedes to some act, now especially a crime; one who contributes as an assistant or instigator to the commission of an offense. 2. adjective Accompanying as a subordinate; additional; accessory; especially, uniting in, or… …   Wiktionary

  • accessary — (esp. BE) see accessory1, 2 * * * [ək ses(ə)rɪ] (esp. BE) see accessory 1,2 …   Combinatory dictionary

  • accessary — n. aide; addition; one who helps commit a crime …   English contemporary dictionary

  • accessary — noun & adjective variant spelling of accessory …   English new terms dictionary

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